Hearts, flowers and chocolates are all part of the holiday we celebrate as Valentine’s Day. Find out more about the Legend of St. Valentine and the origins of the Day of Love by clicking here: History.com
Here’s 10 Trivia questions (answers given below) about Valentine’s Day:
- Who is the winged child shooting the lovers arrow?
- Is Valentines Day the #1 card giving holiday?
- What does the word ‘valentine” stand for in Latin?
- On Valentines Day 1876 who received a patent for what important invention?
- What percent of women send roses to themselves on Valentines Day?
- Who will receive the most Valentines cards this year: Mom, wife, girlfriend, or neither?
- In Old Ireland a heart was carved into what as a Valentines gift?
- The Farmers Almanac says “If a woman sees a robin on Valentines Day she will marry a ..???”
- Which state produces the majority of America’s roses?
- Name the actress who was nominated for an astounding SIX Academy Awards and was born on Valentines Day?
- No, Christmas is.
- Alexander Graham Bell for the telephone
- Neither. Teachers get the most!
- A wooden spoon.
- Thelma Ritter was born Feb. 14, 1902. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for All About Eve (1950), The Mating Season (1951), With a Song in my Heart (1952), Pickup on South Street (1953), Pillow Talk (1959), and Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). She never won!
Besides Frederick Douglas, Carl Bernstein and Jimmy Hoffa, click HERE for a list of other famous people born on February 14th.
Did you know?
The heart shape wasn’t always a romantic symbol.
Artist Gil Elvgren‘s pinup girl wishes you a happy holiday!
Prior to the 14th century, the shape we call a heart symbolized the anatomical heart, widely believed to be humans’ center of memory, according to Time. It wasn’t until Italian and French artists began championing the idea of romantic love that the St. Valentine heart became synonymous with love.
“Wearing your heart on your sleeve” is more than just a phrase.
In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names to see who their Valentine would be. They would wear the name pinned to their sleeve for one week so that everyone would know their supposed true feelings.
Find out more trivia about Valentine’s Day from Woman’s Day.com
Ready for a little Valentine trivia? See if you can answer these fun trivia questions about St. Valentine’s Day and the old pagan rituals from which it evolved.
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The Sweet History of Valentine’s Day Conversation Candy Hearts
These cutesy conversation candy hearts have been around for more than a century — take a look at the cool history, some of our favorite candy heart sayings, and a fun Valentine’s Day gift to make with the colorful candy.
The Story Behind Conversation Candy HeartsThe sweet candy hearts that fill up store aisles and candy dishes in early February got their start around the time of the Civil War. The original candies, called cockles, were made from sugar and flour and contained mottoes or sayings, which were printed on thin paper and rolled up inside the folded, shell-shape candy.Daniel Chase, the brother of the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) founder, began printing sayings on NECCO candy in the 1860s. The candy became popular at weddings, where sayings such as “Married in satin, love will not be lasting” and “Married in white, you have chosen right” foretold humorous prophecies of the new marriage.The conversation candy hearts that we know today date back to 1902, when the company printed sayings on candy shapes including postcards, baseballs, horseshoes, and watches. The sayings are updated every year and the hearts have been used in creative crafts, cake decorations, cute Valentine’s Day gifts, and — sweetest of all — marriage proposals.
Fun Facts About Candy Hearts
- The New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) makes more than 8 billion candy hearts every year to keep up with the demand for the sweet treat.
- Every day from late February through mid-January, around 100,000 pounds of conversation candy hearts are made.
- The entire amount produced during this time sells out in six weeks. Candy hearts are the best-selling Valentine’s Day candy.
- In 2010, for the first time in 145 years, the company discarded all of the sayings for the conversation hearts and created a new line with expressions selected by the public.
- The most popular new sayings for conversation candy hearts are “Tweet Me,” “Text Me,” “You Rock,” “Love Bug,” “Soul Mate,” and “Me + You.”
- In order to get the old sayings, you can have them custom made — but you’ll have to buy a full production run (1.7 million candy hearts!).